A postpartum period or postnatal period is the period beginning immediately after the birth of a child and extending for about six weeks. It can also be a stressful time during which you have to make a lot of adjustments. Unfortunately, many women aren't aware that mood changes are common after childbirth. These changes vary from mild to severe and can include postnatal depression, or PND. In fact, in the year after childbirth a woman is more likely to need psychiatric help than at any other time in her life. At one end of the spectrum is ‘baby blues', affecting about 80% of new mothers and occurring between the third and tenth day after birth. Symptoms include tearfulness, anxiety, mood fluctuations and irritability. The ‘blues' are transient and will pass with understanding and support. Postpartum psychosis is a serious condition. The mother herself might be unaware she is ill, because her grasp on reality is affected. Between the ‘blues' and psychosis lies postnatal depression (PND), most women find adjusting to life with a new baby very difficult, but more than 15% of women and 10% of men develop PND. The three main types of postnatal treatment are self-help strategies, therapy and medication. Gynecologist might also want to check your physical health to see if there are any problems that may need to be addressed as well. For instance, you may be anemic after having given birth and that could add to any feelings of depression you might have.